March 20, 2020

We realize there is some confusion about national, state and local messaging. That is because, as we’ve stated in our last two daily UPDATES, what is accurate one day, may be inaccurate the next. The landscape is so rapidly changing, yet we will attempt to continue to update members of what is new and what has changed.

CDA Presents Cancelled:
Yesterday, CDA cancelled CDA Presents, scheduled for May in Anaheim, in accordance with public health guidance on coronavirus. Details about registration refunds and other convention information can be found here .

Emergency/Urgent Dental Care:
Locally, the Mayor’s office and our San Francisco Health Officer have implored that non-life-threatening care NOT be referred to emergency rooms. At the same time, there is a shortage of appropriate PPE in many dental practices to properly care for emergency patients. Yet we still need to have some dentists available to provide emergency dental care, otherwise those patients will turn up at emergency rooms further burdening the system and exposing themselves to further health risks. To that end, if you would take a moment to let us know if you can take emergency cases at this time by answering a few quick questions. This way, we will be able to refer patients to get the emergency care they may need and at the same time, help mitigate patients showing up at hospital emergency rooms. 
Supplies Needed:
If you are not taking emergency dental cases at this time, local hospitals are suffering from a shortage of personal protective equipment. We are challenged with the future and want the best for our loved ones and our practices. As part of the healthcare community, we must help the front-line workers so that they can continue to see the sick. Those patients could be your friends and family and if we don't protect those that are directly dealing with the outbreak, soon we won't have enough providers, which puts all of us at risk. If you have closed your office and have an action plan for your urgent dental patients at another setting, please consider donating some of your supplies. The San Francisco Dental Society is collaborating with the San Francisco Marin Medical Society in this effort. The following items will be accepted for donation: 

  • Goggles (non-vented)
  • Face shields
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Masks: N95 respirator, surgical, and isolation masks
  • Isolation or surgical gowns
  • Any Clorox or Sani-cloth wipes

Drop off locations are listed at the end of this UPDATE

Legislative Responses:
The House and Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, one of 3 legislative efforts to respond to this crisis. This Act has provisions addressing emergency paid sick leave, expansion of FMLA, and tax credits. Details of how this will impact San Francisco practices since SF, too, extended local Sick Leave provisions, are not immediately clear. We are working to understand how each layer may impact you. For the FMLA expansions, the Secretary of Labor can exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. The Department of Labor will put out guidance on these provisions and once clear, we will share with you.

Included in some of these economic relief efforts announced today: extension of tax filings to July 15, waiving of interest on student loans, and extensions of student loan repayments for up to 60 days (this may change)

From the Executive Director:
I am sending the best wishes for your health and a special note of recognition and gratitude to all of you who are working so bravely in such a difficult situation. We at the dental society are so appreciative of your help, your understanding, and your compassion as we work together in response to this crisis. The anxiety that many of us feel is real and by supporting each other, I have no doubt that we will come out of this together stronger than ever. As a respite from the anxiety, we hope you will enjoy the latest issue of The Bridge that was in production before the acceleration of this health crisis.

If we can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at or any member of the staff or SFDS leadership.  Also, please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates Resources page on the SFDS website.

Stay healthy, 
Deborah Elam, MS, CAE
Executive Director, San Francisco Dental Society 
Supplies Drop Off Sites:
Contact Roy Applegate, Sutter Health Supply Chain Site Lead
CPMC; Van Ness Campus

1100 Van Ness Avenue
Phone: 415.652.2656
Office: 415-600-2772
Contact Avi Maharaj, Materials Management Manager at or 4153536992. 
Mail to:
2130 O’Farrell St.
San Francisco CA 94115
Attention: Hospital Command Center
Drop off:
Loading dock, Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Kaiser Permanente
2130 O’Farrell St.
San Francisco CA 94115

If you are dropping off donations, please use the phone at the loading dock to call 415-833-2593. A staff member will come out to accept your donation.  If you have a large amount of goods to donate or need to make arrangements after the loading dock closes at 2:30 p.m., contact the hospital operator at 415-833-2000. The operator will get your contact information and you will be contacted within 24 hours to schedule a delivery.

To be distributed by San Francisco Marin Medical Society to local hospitals. Please call 415-668-8600 to coordinate your drop off.

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Saturday 8AM - 1PM

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